Recommended Reading: Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light

Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (Patrick McGilligan, 2003)

Of the hundreds of books, biographies, analysis, essays about the most respected and famous film director of all time Patrick McGilligan’s biography might be the most complete and essential to the Hitchcock enthusiasts out there.

In a very apt English McGilligan presents the facts of the life and career of Hitch. From his early works in England to his major pictures like Psycho, every detail of every picture is included. This is not a complaisant biography that praises and shows the man in his entire splendor. On the other hand, it evokes some of the gossips and disputable behaviors of the man without giving them total credits since some aren’t proved to be exactly true.

Paired with François Truffaut’s interview book on the man, we have the two essential writings that we need to fully understand and appreciate the master’s career. 900 pages of pure pleasure.

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